Sunday, July 29, 2012

Bills' offense has 'a lot of work to do' to catch 'D'


The Bills' offense has some catching up to do against the defense.

Through the first few days of training camp, Bills coach Chan Gailey said Buffalo's defense has clearly had the upper hand.

"We have a lot of work to do on offense to be at (the defense's) level of play right now," Gailey told the media Saturday. "It is a little bit different than it has been and it is good for our football team.

"They have some good players (on that side of the ball). They work hard, they play hard, they are good leaders; it is a solid group up there."

The disparity between each side of the ball isn't surprising, as the Bills bolstered their defensive line with the addition of veteran standouts Mario Williams and Mark Anderson. Plus, the offensive line, as it was all year last year, isn't fully settled yet with a position battle at left tackle and some injury setbacks on the right side.

"Yeah, well that is where probably most of our depth is, is in the defensive line," Gailey said. "I would expect that to happen here for a while until we can get this offensive line geared up to the speed of the game. It goes up from shorts to pads it goes to a speed.

"Then you go to preseason games and it goes to another speed. So we are going to have to get geared up to meet the challenges offensively."

The Bills need a big year out of their offensive line and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, so the constant challenge of facing a stout defensive front isn't a bad thing, though Gailey would probably prefer the offense rolls into the preseason schedule with some confidence.

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